JVR out at least 1 week; No word on Hartnell

For James van Riemsdyk, the "non-concussion" saga continued today at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees.

Van Riemsdyk sat out skating for the third day in a row after he was awkwardly thrown into the boards on Tuesday night by Washington’s Milan Jurcina.

Hartnell: "I'm not a savage."

The Flyers have refused to call the injury a concussion, opting to use the term “head trauma” instead.

“I have never been told that [it’s a concussion],” Flyers coach John Stevens said.

“He was in here today. He seems like he is feeling better, so that’s a step in the right direction. If he is feeling better, we might try to get him on the ice tomorrow. But we’ll see.”

It is safe to say that van Riemsdyk will not play in tomorrow’s game against Anaheim, leaving him out at least until next Friday’s tilt in Fort Lauderdale, F.L., against the Panthers. After tomorrow, the Flyers play just one game in the next 12 days in what is a schedule anomaly with the condensed, Olympic-filled season.

“Until he feels 100-percent, we’ve just got to be cautious here,” Stevens said. “We’ve got a big break coming up tomorrow, so to rush him back when we can get him rest and some time off with the days we have coming … We’re going to make sure he is a healthy player before he plays.”

Hartnell waiting to hear

Scott Hartnell had a hearing with NHL dean of discipline Colin Campbell via conference call at 10 o’clock this morning to discuss his alleged biting of Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang with 2 seconds to play in last night’s 5-4 loss.

Hartnell stated his case in a call that lasted approximately 15 minutes.

“I definitely did not bite him,” Hartnell said. “Anyone who knows me personally knows that I’m not a savage.”

No decision has been rendered yet. From all angles, the video replays seem to be inconclusive.

He wouldn’t be the first player suspended due to biting. Ottawa’s Jarkko Ruutu was forced to sit out for two games last season for biting Buffalo’s Andrew Peters.

Hartnell was suspended for two games in 2007 – his first season with the Flyers – for crushing Boston’s Andrew Alberts from behind into the boards. The two were teammates last year.


If you're interested, here were the lines from today's practice:


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